Archive for the ‘Parties’ Category

Christmas is HERE!

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Ack! Can you believe that Christmas is this Sunday? Egads! Do you need help making last minute gifts? This week we will be helping you make last minute recipes with items that are in your cupboard. Send us an email with a list of oils, butters and containers you have, and we will help you formulate a fast and easy recipe to help you get everyone on your list taken care of. We are going to focus on scrubs, lip balms, lotion bars and lotions. Keep an eye on the blog as we help people gift from what is in their cupboard. I am so excited to help! Best wishes everyone! 

Taylor

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Strawberries and Champagne Lip Soother

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
How can you make a lip balm better? (Besides adding your favorite flavor oil to the lip balm.) Why, you add extracts of course! In this lip balm, I not only made a fantastic flavor blend, I also gave this lip balm a skin treatment punch. Great looking (and great tasting) lips are now within your grasp. We can have a party! Are you ready? Let’s turn on the radio and dance through the kitchen while we make this party in a tube. You can even add some glitter or mica. Come join me in the kitchen for strawberries, champagne and great lips.

This lip soother tastes like rich flavored strawberries paired with a smooth, bubbly champagne. It does not need to be sweetened nor is it cloyingly sweet. It makes me think of an evening picnic with the sun approaching the horizon while you enjoy a fresh and light dessert of strawberries and champagne. Sigh. The end to a perfect day. (This lip soother definitely talks to the romantic in me.) The nice thing about this lip soother is that you can wear it any time of day. I didn’t notice that the flavors or extracts added any color to the lip balm. They are fairly light in color. As another plus, this lip soother has never made my lips feel so silky and smooth. I didn’t even need very much. One glide across the lips and I am ready for anything to come my way.

 

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Vegan Lip Solutions
Orchid Extract
Calendula Extract
Strawberry Flavor Oil
Champagne Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Lip Balm Tube Filling Tray
Lip Balm Tubes
Pipettes
Toothpick

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
10.08 ounces Vegan Lip Solutions
.2 ounces Orchid Extract
.2 ounces Calendula Extract
.1 ounces Strawberry Flavor Oil
.1 ounces Champagne Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Grams
285 grams Vegan Lip Solutions
5.6 grams Orchid Extract
5.6 grams Calendula Extract
2.8 grams Strawberry Flavor Oil
2.8 grams Champagne Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
94% Vegan Lip Solutions
2% Orchid Extract
2% Calendula Extract
1% Strawberry Flavor Oil
1% Champagne Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color

Heat the Vegan Lip Solutions gently until liquid. Add Orchid Extract, Calendula Extract, Strawberry Flavor Oil, Champagne Flavor Oil and enough of the Ruby Oil Soluble Lip Color to cover the end of a toothpick. Stir well. Pour into a Lip Balm Tube Filling Tray with Lip Balm Tubes. Allow to cool. Scrape of the top with a plastic putty knife and remove the tubes. Cap and enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Lip Balm

Vegan Lip Solution

Adding Orchid Extract

Adding Calendula Extract

Adding Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil

Adding Champagne Flavor Oil

Ruby Lip Color on a toothpick

Added Color

Pouring Lip Balm into Filling Tray

Filled Lip Balm Tray

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Eclipse Party Hosted by Erin

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Sometimes, I float around the web looking at different blogs and read about what people are making. I stumbled across Erin’s blog post about her Eclipse themed party that she hosted for her friends and she used our Twilight Collection and kits for her party. Erin has kindly given me permission to repost her blog about this party.

Her party reminded me of the Twilight party that I had posted about over a year ago. Michelle had hosted her party for a group of 12 year old girls and I wanted to throw a party just like it. Now after reading about Erin’s party, I think I’m ready to throw my own party! Want to come?

Now, I give you Erin!

First, let me say this….I am NOT a crazy, fanatic, lunatic Twihard that thinks vampires live next door and wolves are keeping watch from my backyard. I never picked a team in fact. Never. But, if I really had to, pick a team that is, I would lay claim to Team Jasper because I do enjoy a southern accent. I will say this however, I think all the Twilight Saga hubbub is downright good, clean fun. I will admit, I have traveled to Forks WA where I found myself on the Volturi tour. And, I did browse around a Dazzled by Twilight store probably way too long. And, I did have mushroom ravioli in Port Angeles WA. So I guess that makes me a fan. I like to giggle at the middle-aged women that swoon in the movie theaters when a certain someone strolls onto the screen and I love, love, love the fact teenagers are reading these books, because after all they are READING!!! That is pretty great if you think about it.

Anyway, now that is out of the way, I was browsing a fave soaping blog and I came across scented oils in you guessed it, Twilight theme. I knew the newest movie from the Twilight saga was coming out on DVD soon, therefore a party theme was hatched. And if you know me, you know I love a good party theme.

Majestic Mountain Sage has great Twilight inspired fragrance oils (which had my house swirling with good smells for the next few days) and super duper kits. I picked out one of the lotion and one of the lip balm kits. They come with everything you need and it’s all very easy.

The Sage also has a really great blog. Check it out!

My dear friend made our delicious dishes. The food was a hit! Thank you Julie!!

I had such a great time laughing with the great gals that came I completely forgot to pick up my camera. So Julie reenacted the party scene for blogging purposes.

After spa products were made and food was eaten, we settled down to watch the movie. And, when were all pooped from laughing and eating, I sent them on their way with their very own Eclipse tshirt.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies. I had a super time! And, my house is still swirling with the smells of Twilight.

Lotion and Fragrance Oils.

Lip Balm Pots.

Swag Bags.

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Twilight Party Hosted by Michelle

Monday, August 31st, 2009
Last week, I received an e-mail from Michelle and this is what she said. “Just had a great Twilight-themed spa party thanks to your products! I got the Body Milk Kit, Glycerin Scrub Kit and Vegan Lip Gloss Kit (Honey Flavor), along with the Bella & Edward fragrances. The girls loved it and trust me, 12 year olds are a tough crowd! I did 1 mess-up – the scrub jars were too big for my shower caddy goody bags, so I ended up with smaller mason jars but I am sure they will get used in the future! Thanks again!”

I e-mailed her back and asked for pictures as well as for more information about the party so I could share with you. Her response was so descriptive, I just copied it for your perusal.

“I was looking on the internet for ideas and was thinking about a spa party for about eight 12 year old girls. We have a place locally that does this and it would be about $20 for just a scrub! I am pretty crafty, and when I came across your site, once I saw the Bella & Edward fragrance I knew I had to run with it. The kits looked so easy and economical I figured that was the way to go (and just get the fragrance separate).

I set up the dining room table ahead of time to keep organized and get them excited when they walked in. For each project, though, I did bring supplies into kitchen. First we did the body milk – I let them pump right into bottles halfway, drop in their fragrance, color & glitter (vampires sparkle you know!) then shake it up, then top off the bottle and re-shake. Next we did the scrub. While we were doing this I had the Vegan lip base (they are ‘vegetarian vampires’) melting in it’s jar in my chocolate melter. I did pipette that into the pots for them since it was hot. Lastly, I had given out a white washcloth and black hair tie and we made a face mask with yogurt and oatmeal which they put on with cucumber slices on their eyes.

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They really had a blast and kept saying how fun it was. As they were done with each take-home product, I had a plastic ‘shower caddy’ goody bag for them to put it in to not get mixed up with the others.

I had such a great experience I will probably do this with my Brownie Troop (although they are younger).

Thanks so much again! I will be back for sure!”

Michelle,
I had a good time reading about your experience. This sounds so fun! I wonder where I could round up a few 12 year olds for my own party!

Andee

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Unique Invitations, Part 2

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Yesterday, I showed how you could design a label to be an invitation and I promised that I would share how to make another style of unique invitations today.

First, I need to explain what Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are. Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art that are traded between artists or a variation of ATC called Art Cards, Editions and Originals (ACEO) are sold by artists. Artist Trading Cards are about the same size as baseball trading cards (2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches) and will fit into standard collector sleeves. You can use any type of paper as your base, most artists prefer to use card stock or a similarly heavy paper. You can design a card on the computer or draw it by hand using any thing you want. Colored pencils, markers, highlighters, watercolors, paints, makeup, dyes, pigments, nail polish, and many other things. You can also glue items onto your trading cards as long as the cards still can fit into collector sleeves.

On January 19th, I made a simple bath salt and today, I’m going to make the same recipe only with Raspberry Fragrance Oil.

Collect needed items.

Salt, last time I used Dead Sea Salt, but today I’m going to use Epsom Salt.
Raspberry Fragrance Oil
Spray Bottle of Purple Raspberry Color from January 19th
Small Transfer Pipette
Gallon size zipper style bags
Small Gusseted Bags
Ribbon

I’m going to make 2 pounds of Bath Salt, so I need to use the Fragrance Calculator to determine the amount of Raspberry Fragrance Oil that I will need. A strong fragrance load is 1% or 8.7 mL for 2 pounds. I’m going to round this down to 8.5 mL because this will be easier for me to measure as well as allow me to keep my sanity. :-)

Place salt into the plastic zip bag and add fragrance oil to the salt. Close the bag and knead the salt to mix the fragrance oil into the salt and break down any clumps. Once the clumps are gone, we can start spritzing the color onto the salts. I used 40 total spritzes on the salt.

Now the salt is completely mixed, you can measure it into the gusseted bags and then tie the bags with ribbon. You can punch a hole through the Artist Trading Card and tie that card to the ribbon on the bag. Ta-da! The bath salts are now done and you have beautiful invitations.

You can also use this idea for kids passing out birthday invitations, Valentine’s cards or other event invitations at school.

One variation of an Artist Trading Card is to get your friends together and the card has the recipe on the front, and the contact information on the back. The local home brewers are now trading Brewer’s Trading Cards. Do a Spa Product Recipe Trading Card! Do a soap recipe trading card. Especially when the products are sampled, the Artist Trading Card becomes more valuable.

I have attached a PDF of the ATC designed for this post here.

Next week I’m going to show embedding objects in Melt & Pour Soap!
Andee

Front and back of the ATC designed for this post.

Front and back of the ATC designed for this post.

Adding Raspberry Fragrance Oil.

Adding Raspberry Fragrance Oil.

Kneading the fragrance oil into the salt.

Kneading the fragrance oil into the salt.

Kneading in 10 spritzes of color.

Kneading in 10 spritzes of color.


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Unique Invitations

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Yesterday’s post was from MB and in her original comment, she had mentioned using the lip balm as an invitation. This is such a fun idea and very easy to expand on. Why not use a lip balm as invitations to other events besides Spa Parties?

How would you design a cute label for an invitation lip balm? Our Graphics Department can work with you to design an adorable label. If you have an idea of how you want the label to look, you can draw out the label basics. (You don’t have to be a great artist to draw this out.)

When I made the Mint-Lemonade Sugar Scrub on April 15, I wanted to have a cute label that was wedding related. I wrote on a paper what was needed for the label. You can click on this image to see a larger image.

The adorable label below is what they sent back to me.

If you don’t have a good idea of what you want, the Graphics Department can still help you. Simply e-mail labels@thesage.com, and someone in our graphics department can help you come up with a great label design that will suit your needs.

I think I got a little side tracked with labels, so back to using lip balm as an invitation. You don’t have to use lip balm. You can use anything that you can think of as an invitation. Tomorrow, I’ll show how you can use Artist Trading Cards and close a bag of bath salts! (For those that don’t know what Artist Trading Cards are, I’ll explain what those are too!)

This is what I sent to the Graphics Department.

This is what I sent to the Graphics Department.

This is the finished label.

This is the finished label.

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Spa Parties

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

brilliantOn March 3rd, I posted a blog about a Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Lip Balm. MB commented on this blog about a spa party. Here is her comment.

You could have a Lucky Leprechaun Spa party using the products on this blog and color them green. When it’s time for everyone to put their feet into the individual foot tubs, let each person choose a Magic Color Bath Fizzy from something like a leprechaun hat or a black plastic cauldron. Make all of the Magic Fizzies turn green but one that will turn gold. The person with the gold Fizzy water wins something from the Lucky Leprechaun’s treasure pot filled with your handmade products. You could have a fun and informative party with many different games and product demonstrations.
The Mint Lip Balm and label could be part of the invitations.
Thanks again for the blog,
mb

After I read her comment, it got me to thinking about different potential ideas for Spa Parties, such as Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Product Sales, etc. I e-mailed her asking if she would like to guest write a blog about her spa parties idea. Here was her response.

Hi Andee,
What a nice compliment that you liked my idea. Thank you. I was inspired by your Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Lip Balm blog. When I read that the color green brought your fun childhood memories to mind along with the anticipation of Spring and you wanted to share a fun green product with us for Saint Patrick’s Day my imagination switched on. To me it was just like reading a recipe: Green + Fun + Body Care Products + Saint Patrick’s Day = a fun party for you. I also thought this could be a colorful activity for you and all of the MMS bloggers way up there in the North with all of those snow days. I can only imagine what that must be like.

I remembered a Body Shop home party I went to a few years ago and thought why not just switch everything from their product to yours and give it a theme. It could work with any holiday or you could even make one up like “Mother Daughter Spa Day” (from your Light Facial Cream blog). It has been years since I have attended a Bridal or Baby Shower but I remember the little tablets with games the hostess would hand out. This could be made to fit any them too. (I don’t know what’s cool nowadays for parties.) I also was thinking of some way for people to have “good clean fun” for Saint Patrick’s Day other than looking forward to a big drinking party (which is fine for anyone that enjoys it and I’m not judging). Games could be themed around chance and luck. Like everyone writing their names on a shamrock and dropping them into a bag or hat and one is drawn out for a prize. The parties could be as simple or elaborate as anyone would like to make them. A product themed party could have different stations set up around like in the kitchen, dining room and living room where guest could watch and or make something. [from your kits-or you could make party kits] Instead of buying Body Shop Products the guest would buy a product from the hostess and could choose their color and fragrance . To me that would be so much fun watching everyone oooooh and ahhhhhh over FOs and products. If there were pre-made products for sale the party could be like a MaryKay party and the total amount of sales portion bonus would go to the hostess.

I’m a little self-conscious about sharing my ideas because I don’t want to appear to be a miss know it all or trying to tell someone how to run their business. My ideas may be 10 years behind but I have shared them with the intention of bringing a little bit of fun, joy and imagination to someones day.

Sometimes when I have one of my “bright ideas” my husband teases me and calls me the crazy cat lady(I only have 1). We have a good laugh over it because he will have a dead serious look on his face before he starts laughing. He knows it drives my OCD monster crazy. :)

I’m not much of a writer because I worry about my grammar and punctuation. I read and re-read what I am going to put on the blog to see if it sounds like I just fell off the tater truck. I don’t know how to convey my personality so the reader can tell if I am being funny or serious. Most of the time it’s a happy happy joy joy attitude.

Since it was you and your blog that triggered my imagination, you have my permission and blessing to use any and or all parts of the Lucky Leprechaun Spa party idea and any idea or statement in this letter and make it your own. I’m just saying that my wish for you is to have fun and maybe some orders from these ideas. :)

I am sure you or some of the more girly girls know more about planning parties than I do. It would be fun to see what you and MMS staff could put together for a Lucky Leprechaun Spa party. Even if you want to change it to a Saint Patrick’s Day Spa party and make it your own would be ok with me. I have so much fun reading and learning from your blog that it’s just fine with me if -you- are the primary writer and if you just want to say something like “from mb’s comment on our Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Balm we etc. ”

Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with everyone.

I get to go play now cause my order came in today. :)

sincerely,
mb

These great ideas can be turned to any event, any holiday or for no reason at all. What about a Friends Party? Just invite your friends for light refreshments and a lotion making party. I loved her response and because she has been today’s guest editor, I will be sending her a $25 gift certificate to be used here at MMS. Congratulations!

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